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  • Teamwork in Athletics

    Wednesday 19 October 2011

    With just over two months to go before the 2011 SPAR European Cross Country Championships in Velenje we are working flat out to make the event a big success and in the process I have had a reflection about teams and teamwork.

    Athletics is mainly an individual sport but to achieve top results, athletes need to have coaches, physiotherapists, nutritionists, doctors and others supporting their training. Success in athletics is almost always the result of a team effort. We also have examples where there clearly is a team in competition: the relays, cross country and in team events like the ...

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  • Running together, having fun together!

    Monday 26 September 2011

    Hi everyone,

    A few weeks ago I shared with you attending a corporate triathlon event in Lausanne, Switzerland with companies competing against each other and colleagues teaming up.

    Two weeks ago I went to see "La Parisienne", a road race for women only in Paris, France where participants could register both on their own but and as a team for their company.

    The day before the race an entire village was dedicated to the participants and visitors, who could listen to music, learn about stretching, training, etc.

    During the race, it was really great to see so many women from ...

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  • Volunteer figures from Paris 2011

    Thursday 15 September 2011

    Once again, I want to share with you some interesting statistics. Today, I am highlighting the European Athletics Indoor Championships, which took place in Paris in my home country last March.

    As you can imagine, hundreds' of volunteers were needed to deliver the event. I know that some of you were there!

    According the official Volunteer Guide for the championships, the total number was around 500 (79% male/21% female). As would be expected, most were from Paris itself and most of the rest were from different parts of France. But 10% were from abroad and no less than 19 ...

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